Today, we will leave Casablanca and travel to the imperial city of Rabat, the political capital of Morocco. Here, you will visit the Royal Palace, the Hassan Tower which is Rabat's most famous landmark. it was built by Sultan Yacoub El-Mansour who died before it was finished. He intended a 60m-tall minaret, but the tower was abandoned at 44 m. Otherwise, it would have been the second largest mosque of its time, after Samarra in Iraq. We will also visit the marble Mausoleum of Mohamed V; built in traditional Moroccan style. Its decoration gives off an air of tranquility.
After a break for lunch in a local restaurant, we will continue our journey toward the 2000 year old and the well-preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis. Here, you will wander the expansive complex, exploring the still-intact columns of former buildings, large merchant homes, temples, and the colorful mosaics, including the Labors of Hercules.
After a half hour drive, you will arrive to Meknes, one of the imperial cities of Morocco. your guide will take you on a tour around the highlights of Meknes including the magnificent Bab Mansour gate, the grandest of all Moroccan imperial getaways. The gate is well preserved with lavish Zellij and inscriptions across the top. It was completed by Sultan Moulay Ismail (the founder of Meknes) in 1732.
You will then have time to explore the heart of Meknes Medina; Pl el-Hedim, the large square facing Bab El-mansour; Originally used for royal announcements and public executions, it's a great place to set and watch the world go by - kids playing football, hawkers selling miracle cures, and promenading families... Later on, you will leave towards Fes. Overnight in your riad includes bed and breakfast.